As a Christian I know that daily, even minute-by-minute, I fall short of perfection. Try as I might I cannot ever reach the goal of doing everything exactly right with the most pure actions and intent. My selfish nature gets in the way. My wisdom and knowledge is lacking. My patience limits me. I don’t see and anticipate every possible angle. I can’t get my words to come out of my mouth correctly, or diplomatically. My pride, and my ego get in the way. You, see it’s impossible for me to reach perfection.
And, if I can never achieve perfection, how then can I hope to approach God? God is perfect in every way. In God there are no flaw, while I am riddled with them. In God there is no sin, no lack of knowledge, no impatience, no selfishness. Through myself and my actions, there is no hope for me to ever approach the likeness of God, let alone God Himself. “as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;” (Romans 3:10, ESV). Human nature is inherently evil, God is pure. God and evil cannot co-exist. Therefore, on my own, I cannot be right with God.
That’s where Jesus comes in. Jesus was part of God’s plan to make a way for myself and others to be able to dwell with God forever. Jesus was God’s only son, purely God in human form. Jesus is the only person who lead a perfect sinless life. Someone has to pay for our sins, and Jesus stepped into this life to be the sacrifice that paid for every sin that I have, and will ever, commit. All of my sins were nailed to the cross with my Savior. I didn’t’ do anything to earn it, as there is no possible way to earn that kind of forgiveness and righteousness. Jesus’ actions makes me right with God.
As such, I can approach God with my needs and He will supply me with all I need. I can ask God for His wisdom and He will provide it to me. I can appeal to God with my concerns and he will allay my fears. And, best of all, I can live my life in peace, knowing that God is always with me, and when this earthly life is done, I will dwell with Him in Heaven for all eternity.
For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield. (Psalms 5:12, ESV)